Monday, August 28, 2017

Vienna C Green of Valley Springs

   We, the sons and daughters of Vienna Claudette Green, with heavy hearts announce the passing of our beloved mother.

   Mom passed away peacefully in her home near Valley Springs on August 23, 2017. She was 76 years old. She was predeceased by her mother Gertrude Tetrault Gouger,  her father, Joseph Gouger and husband Bill Green (but we just called him Dad).

   Our mom is lovingly remembered by her sister Andree (Jeff) Mathews, and brother Norman Gouger, her 7 children Duke, John (Monica), Annette (Robert) Pachinger, Max, Jason (April), Kathryn (Shawn) Linzey, and Monique (Greg) MacCarthy; her 12 grandchildren Mitchell Green (Carina), Capri, Kyle, and Conner Green, Vernon and Laurie Roessler, Danielle, Joseph, Russell and Sebastian Pachinger, Daniel and Tanner Green as well as her two great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
    Mom was born in Farnham, Quebec, Canada on December 11, 1940, but moved to Rhode Island at age four.

   Sometime in her early 20's she met Dad, and they were married on September 15, 1962.  As if raising 7 children wasn't enough, she also helped Dad with his locksmith business during our younger years.

  Eventually she hired on with the State of California in 1977, first for the Franchise Tax Board, later working at the State Lands Commission and eventually with Caltrans from which she retired in 2007.

   Mom was a devout Roman Catholic and was active in her local parish (with seven kids, we were the local parish!), often volunteering to help at various church events and assisting other parishioners.

   Of course, on top of all this, she was Mom, and later Grandma, all the time. She could (and did) go from handling toddlers to teenagers without missing a beat.  A hug from Mom fixed everything from bruised knees to bruised egos.  The bar has been set high. 

   Mom will be sorely missed, even as her example guides our own directions.

   A Rosary will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 162 Church Hill Road in San Andreas 95249 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9 AM.

   A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's on September 5, 2017 at 10 AM with Father Arouje officiating.  A private burial will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in San Andreas.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Andrew's Catholic Church.  San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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